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While their doors will remain firmly shut, Briscoes will sell a limited range of essential items online during the national lockdown.

The company join retailers Harvey Norman, The Warehouse, Noel Leeming and Mitre 10, who are allowed to trade after the Government clarified its stance on essential services.

Kiwis can now buy heaters, computers and whiteware while under alert level 4, so they can safely isolate, work or study from home and stay connected to one another.

-Briscoes will sell blankets, including electric blankets, heaters, dehumidifiers, kitchenware, cooking appliances and winter bedding products.

-The Warehouse will sell hygiene, health and beauty items, baby supplies, homewares including bedding, heating, engine oil, batteries and more.

-Noel Leeming will include items needed for working from home and home-schooling such as computer accessories, laptops and routers. Toasters, kettles, ovens and fridges, and replacement items like washing machines are also included, as are air purifiers and heating essentials.

-Harvey Norman’s website will be listing fridges and freezers, laundry, heating, kitchen, home office, printers, computers and mobile phone products.

-Mitre 10 will also have a range on online products for sale, but customers will only be able to buy a certain amount of some products.

In order to be able to sell these essential goods, businesses must:

• Only take orders online or by phone and keep storefronts shut.

• Take orders for only essential non-food goods.

• Home-deliver all essential goods in a contactless way and not allow people to visit stores to select or collect goods.

• Take all appropriate public health measures to protect their staff and customers (eg physical distancing, hygiene basics, appropriate personal protective equipment).

• Notify MBIE that they meet these conditions and intend to offer essential goods for sale and provide a list of those products.



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